Musics of the World

Subject MUSI20125 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 90 minute lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
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Subject Overview: This subject provides an introduction to the study of musical cultures from selected parts of the world. It examines musical responses in different social structures and physical environments and the relationships between musical structures, sonic and aesthetic preferences and belief systems. Case studies will be drawn from North, Central and Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Melanesia and central Africa. Students will be encouraged and assisted to pursue independent investigation into a musical culture in which they have an interest, and will have an opportunity to experience some music-making in Indonesian and African music.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should have developed:
  • an ability to listen to and appreciate music of different cultures
  • an informed understanding of the sociocultural contexts and the sound structures of different musical cultures
  • a specialized vocabulary for describing both the fundamentals of music and their manifestations in specific non western cultures
  • an ability to pursue knowledge about different musical cultures independently
  • an understanding of the role of music in the lives of people outside the western art music traditions.
Assessment: Participation and contribution to tutorials (10%); two 500-word tutorial assignments due in weeks 4 and 8 (10% each); attendance at two performances of non western music and submission of two concert reports of 500 words each due at the end of semester (10% each); a 2000 word essay due in week 12 (50%).
Prescribed Texts: Michael Bakan. World Music Traditions and Transformations. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. With 3 CDs.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should have developed:
  • a capacity for independent critical thought
  • an openness to new ideas
  • knowledge and skills which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing
  • an informed understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music
Diploma in Music (Practical)

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